TeachNZ Scholarships

Applications for the third and final Round of the 2021 TeachNZ Scholarship Programme are open!

Our scholarships support you on your journey towards being a great teacher or kaiako. We can cover the cost of your course fees and pay you an allowance throughout the duration of your study.

2021 Programme

You will be able to apply for a 2021 TeachNZ scholarship until 21st April.

If you are planning on enrolling, or are already enrolled on, an approved Initial Teacher Education course - you are eligible for one of our five scholarships.

Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate, a school leaver or a career changer, have the passion to teach early childhood, primary, secondary or in immersion settings; there are great choices available for you.

The table below outlines the scholarships available this year – they cover early childhood, primary, secondary and immersion settings.

Please note that the Te Huawhiti Career Changer and Te Huarau scholarships are only available to mid-year starters.

Round 1 Scholarship Table


To apply for a scholarship you must complete an online application form. You can complete an application form by opening the link on the right-hand of this page. The Te Huawhiti Career Changer and Te Huarau scholarships are only available to mid-year starters.

You can apply for as many scholarships as you wish, but only accept one. Part time options are available. If you have previously completed Initial Teacher Education training and/or received a TeachNZ Scholarship, you are not eligible for any of the scholarships available. 

Approved teaching qualifications are determined by the Teaching Council. They may be updated throughout the duration of the year. To find out which Initial Teacher Education courses are considered approved, please check the scholarship guide. If you believe you are enrolled on a course that should be considered approved for this scholarship, please contact a member of the TeachNZ team.

There are three application rounds to ensure you have the greatest opportunity to apply - and reapply if you are unsuccessful. You must submit your application on or before the application round closing date. If you submit an eligible application, it will be assessed by an independent panel of education experts. You will be notified if your application has been successful or unsuccessful on the application round notification date. Depending on circumstances, the notification dates may be brought forward or extended. TeachNZ will contact you should this be the case.

Due to the demand of the Te Huawhiti Career Changer and Te Huarau sscholarships, the third application round is only be open to applicants with mid-year enrolments starting their first year of study.

Round 1 Dates Updated Notification

We appreciate that completing the application form can be a challenging task. We have a team on hand and more information across our website and in our scholarship guide, to make sure you hand in the strongest application you can.

The programme is inclusive and rewards outstanding applicants. Outstanding to TeachNZ goes beyond academic achievement. The programme recognises passion, leadership, good communication, lived experiences and also places value on Māori and Pacific cultural competencies and language skills.

The assessment panel evaluate each application against a number of criteria. They reflect on how applicants express their relationship and engagement skills, communication skills, leadership, motivations to teach and cultural capabilities. As well as judging an application on these merits, the assessment panel also consider how an application aligns with the aims of the scholarship programme.

Our Aims

The TeachNZ scholarship programme aligns to the Ministry of Education’s goal of shaping an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes for all.

The TeachNZ scholarship programme has three roles in contributing to equity and excellent outcomes:

  1. It helps enable equitable access to teaching by reducing and minimizing the significant barriers that prevent some individuals in Aotearoa New Zealand from starting Initial Teacher Education.
  2. It addresses equity by supporting people from communities historically underserved by the education system to start Initial Teacher Education and grow a workforce that is representative of learners.
  3. It supports the system to deliver excellent outcomes by getting the right teachers in the right place at the right time. For example, scholarship criteria is weighted to address areas that are experiencing teacher supply challenges, such as:
    • specific subjects e.g. Science, Technology, Maths, Te Reo Māori
    • specific sectors e.g. Early Learning, Secondary, Māori Medium

To ensure these aims are adhered to, positive weightings and scorings are placed on the applications that support them. A number of scholarships may also be protected to guarantee they are awarded to applicants wishing to teach in the areas facing teacher supply challenges.

We are dedicated to supporting to the revitalization of Te Reo and rewarding our Māori and Pacific leaders of tomorrow.

Sound Good?

If you are considering applying for a scholarship please read through the scholarship guide, it will help you decide which scholarship(s) to apply for and assist you completing an application form.

Existing Scholarship Holder?

If you are currently a recipient of one of our scholarships you can click here to find out more information about payment applications, bonding and assistance in finding employment.

Need help?

Remember, we're here to help. If you have any questions, you can email us on teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225.

You can also learn more about our scholarships by watching the videos and exploring the links on the left of this page.

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